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obama's swing state firewall stand up to romney's momentum. how will hurricane sandy shake up the campaign? and with just nine days to go, could a final october surprise send this election into overtime? questions for our headliners. stephanie cutter and newt gingrich. >>> plus, insight and analysis from our roundtable. >>> hello again. with just nine days to go, the october surprise is here. hurricane sandy. threatening a massive stretch of the u.s. from virginia to new england. all of the way to the great lakes. it's caused both candidates to scramble their schedules. we'll get into that, plus our latest abc news/washington post poll in just a moment. but let's begin with sam champion from lower manhattan. he's following the track of sandy right now. good morning, sam. >> good morning, george. the satellite picture will show you this storm is one of the largest that we have ever seen in the atlantic basin. the latest out from the hurricane center, it feels exactly the same way for several days, making a left-hand turn to for the coastline by monday. we got tropical-force win
not be tighter, president obama and republican challenger mitt romney squared off in florida this evening in the last presidential debate. our guides to what you need to know. >>> she moderated the vice presidential debate. he advised george w. bush before he took the stage. martha raddatz and matt dowd tell us who they think had the upper hand in a "nightline" report card. >>> and i'm getting to know you. from coors light drinkers to hbo watchers, how presidential campaigns are user hyper personalized information about what you like to do, buy and watch to try and win your vote. >>> good evening, i'm terry moran. tonight, the highly anticipated final round as president barack obama, republican challenger mitt romney took the stage to go head to head in the last presidential debate. this is a crucial night, and it could tip the scales in a side-by-side comparison, 15 days left until the election and millions of early ballots already being cast so here's how it all happened in florida tonight. the two men who would be president squared off for the last time in the homestretch of a race tha
become president -- >> after that ferocious second debate. >> not true, governor romney. you're the last person to get tough on china. >> the race is close, combative and completely up for grabs and now as the candidates make closing arguments, their biggest guns out. >> our big questions. did obama's comeback debate put him back in this race? >> what will to be final twist that determines this race? our headliners. chicago mayor and former white house chief of staff, rahm emanuel. marco rubio of florida. >>> plus insight and analysis from our powerroundtable. matthew dowd, ralph reed, van jones, debber wasserman schultz. >>> and we say farewell to governor mcgovern. >>> hello again. early this morning, we learned that george mcgovern, the first senator to oppose the vietnam war, has passed away at the age of 90. we'll remember him later in the show. >>> but we begin with the race to the white house. more signs this mor romney's first debate bounce still has staying power. let's begin with mayor rahm emanuel. you're in florida this morning. polls show mitt romney ahead. i want to show yo
between the first lady and ann romney? there was no debate. but try telling these folks. >> who do you think won the debate last night between ann romney and michelle obama? >> you won't believe their answers. >>> good evening on this sunday night from boca raton, florida, on the eve of the crucial third and final debate. tonight, a new poll showing just how pivotal this final debate will be. gts stephanopoulos standing by here in a moment, but first, the breaking news tonight from wisconsin. the shootings this sunday that left three people dead and four more injured. this is the scene tonight, outside a suburban spa near a crowded shoming mall. police flooding the area, putting the mall on lockdown. searching for the gunman all day. and tonight, the ap is now reporting the gunman was found dead inside the spa. abc's alex perez is on the scene tonight in brookfield, wisconsin. >> reporter: what started out like any other quiet sunday morning in suburban milwaukee, within minutes, turned deadly. 11:00 a.m., the azana spa had just opened for the day. customers already filing in, when a m
and the test tonight, who will be the strongest leader on a global stage. president obama, governor romney, already backstage at this moment. there are about 300 people in the audience there in boca raton, millions more watching from home and, george, every debate has changed the race. >> no question about it. round one, a big win for governor romney. president obama, scored a more narrow victory last week and tonight our abc/"the washington post" poll, what happens tonight will set the stage. >> we want to take a look because in the audience already, mrs. romney, mrs. obama. both of whom said they get more nervous than the candidates at these debates. >> a lot of pressure also on tonight's moderator, bob schieffer of cbs news. the third time he's moderated a presidential debate. the focus on foreign affairs from lynn university in boca raton, florida. >> good evening from the campus of lynn university here in boca raton, florida. this is the fourth and last debate of the 2012 campaign brought to you by the commission on presidential debates. this one is on foreign policy. i'm bob schieffe
. who was the winner last night do you think? >> i think mitt romney walks away the winner. he had more positive things happen as part of the debate. i think obama you can look at your scorecard say he scored zingers, maybe wins on points. in terms of the big take aways. mitt romney was on the stage looking presidential, credible as an alternative to president obama. that's his goal. present himself as a credible alternative, possible choice for undecided voteders. >> so much throughout the debate you heard, mitt romney say i agree with you, mr. president. was it alternative? i don't think the average voter would see too much difference between the two? >> the romney campaign calculation this is going to come down to the economy and that's it. you need to get buy in on the other issues. this could be seen as a possible president on issues of commander-in-chief. i think his goal was to do no harm. not lobbing grenades at the obama foreign policy. where he had successes he was ready to applaud them. i am going to take what he has done and move it forward. he was the candidate of hope, and
county this afternoon where skies are blue but a debate storm is brewing. mitt romney seems to have some momentum, but our poll underscores a problem for him. one of the reasons this race remains so tight -- a majority of voters continues toty a president romney would favor the wealthy rather than the middle class. >> what he's selling is not a five-point plan. it's really just a one-point plan. folks at the top get to play with a different set of rules than you do. >> reporter: by contrast, 66% of voters think the president has done more to favor the middle class over the wealthy, and a majority says he better understands the economic problems people in this country are having. though some good news for romney. overall, he has a slight numerical edge in who voters trust to handle the economy. >> we cannot endure four more years, that's why we'll replace him in 18 days. >> reporter: the president also highlights the largest gender gap we've seen in this election. the president has a 14-point lead among women. >> when it comes to issues critical to women, governor romney wants to take us
look like this. the romney campaign wrestles tonight on the line for women. >>> proof of heaven? a scientist who says he has proof that he's been to heaven. >>> and the mystery monkey tonight. the furry fugitive spotted in backyards. sneaking around the can corner. what did he do that finally gave him away? >>> good evening. as we come on the air, all eyes are on hurricane sandy bearing down on jamaica right now and forcing florida to study the radar. a storm watch already in place. electrical companies on the east coast are taking prekauxs and millions of parents will wonder if this means a blustery halloween. what are the chances that this storm will hit the east coast? sam champion tracking it for us tonight. >> reporter: hurricane sandy is pounding jamaica tonight with punishing 80-mile-an-hour winds and heavy rain. residents and tourists are hunkering down. after jamaica, the 18th named storm of the season will cut across cuba and the bahamas before expanding in size as it blows towards the south florida coast friday morning. tonight, there are already tropical storm watche
. >> thanks a lot. >> now to democracy 2012 news tonight. president obama and mitt romney are hitting as many tossup states as possible today. we go live to washington. it's getting easy to predict where the events will hold events. these tossup states are where they're hanging out. >> reporter: there's only a handful of swing states. that's where youl find president obama and mitt romney from now until election day. >> we're starting here in ohio -- >> reporter: as time runs out and money runs thin both campaigns are picking and choosing their states wisely. it labels eight states as tossups. that includes iowa, stop number one for the president today. >> if you said you won't give a big tax cut to the wasn't thy but you're caught on video promising it would include the top 1%, then you might have rom knee sha. >> reporter: obama made his way west to colorado, another state up for grabs. later tonight he heads to nevada where romney held his first campaign event of the day. >> he's out of ideas and out of excuses. in november you're going to put him out of office. >> reporter: after nevada r
also have fewer horses and bayonets. >> the president and mitt romney, both sure and steady in their final faceoff. the race, closer than ever. we're live in florida. >>> breaking overnight. just hours after a tearful vigil, the search for a missing new jersey girl ends. the discovery everyone ends. >>> a shutout and a soaker. the world series match-up is set, sealed during a pouring rain after one incredible comeback. >>> and brainy beluga. the white whale that taught himself to sound like a person. >>> good morning. i'm sunny hostin. paula faris is on assignment. >> good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. we begin this tuesday with the third and final presidential debate. a florida faceoff that had the candidates sparring over foreign policy issues. >> both of them hit the campaign trail in swing states with two weeks to go. brandi hitt is in boca raton. good morning, brandi. >> this is the final round in a very close race. for most of the night, it appeared president obama appeared to be on offense, as both candidates made their final pitches to the american people. pres
romney did today and tell you where the president is now sleeping at night. >>> stocks plummet today, the biggest drop since june. why experts say brace yourself for a roller coaster few weeks. >>> energy drink. in the spotlight tonight, the death of this young woman raising questions. should some people never drink a lot of caffeine? >>> and wonder girl. what brand-new thing this child prodigy did that has even grown-ups going wild. >>> good evening. as we come on the air, the last debate is over, and 59 million of us watched. now the campaign is headed to your doorstep. president obama and governor mitt romney powering across the country. obama will travel to seven. romney, to five. and this razor thin race got even closer. every night we'll bring you a brand-new abc news/"washington post" poll and tonight the candidates are separated. look at this. just 0.07%. that's about 91,000 people out of an estimated 140 voters in this country. 14 days to go. it's "your voice, your vote" and abc's david muir is in the middle of the action in the swing state of colorado. david? >> reporter: d
, a difference for the families of america. and a difference for your own family. >> today, romney will spend the entire day on the stump in the pivotal battleground states of ohio. drumming up support there. if he does take ohio, takes the election, he'll become the first republican challenger to didn't election without winning ohio. >> obama still up by five points in ohio, encouraging to the campaign. still so tight in so many states. a nail biter of an election everyone knows that. the way it is looking, romney is doing very well among white men. the president is doing very well among women and hispanics. that's why you see emphasis on the ground game, getting those supporters out to the polls. who ever gets their people out, that is who is going to be in the white house come january. that's the game right now. obama has an embedded ground game. and romney is going to try to keep pace with, incumbency factor when it comes to the ground game apparatus in motion already. >> the next couple weeks spend $80 million combined in tv advertising. that money could be used. >> people always say tha
her legs. >> dark few days. >>> in the race for the white house, our poll shows the governor romney with a slight lead over president obama. >> with just 11 days to go it is all up for grabs and depending more than ever on state ohio where abc's karen travers has been tracking the candidates. >> reporter: finishing off a marathon two-day campaign blitz, president obama rolled into the most critical battleground of all -- >> hello, ohio! [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: ohio with its 18 electoral votes could be state that decide the next president. >> this send a message not just across ohio but across the whole country. this campaign is growing, the momentum is building, we are taking back america. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: polls in the battleground state show the president with edge. latest poll in ohio has him up by five. buckeye state voters are used to being center of political universe. this year they're being showered with attention. the president made 14 stops. the state he visited most in office. mitt romney, 15 trips. about a third of all vote nationwide will
for senate calls rape pregnancy god's will. he's been endorsed by mitt romney, whose campaign fired back overnight. >>> bracing for sandy. the superstorm on the move right now. preparations well under way in the caribbean. >>> on the lookout for a killer shark. an expert surfer is the latest to the killed off the california coast. >>> and quick getaway. brazen thieves getting creative. an epidemic using horsepower to commit their crimes. >>> good morning, everybody. we begin this wednesday with a presidential race that is just about as close as it can be. the two candidates separated by a mere fraction of a percentage point. >> our new poll comes as president obama and mitt romney blitz the battleground states. and with just 13 days remaining, romney is working to distance himself from another republican's controversial new comments. abc's tahman bradley has the story. >> reporter: the presidential candidates are storming battleground states in a final sprint to election day. the romney campaign, riding a wave of momentum may have hit a bit of a snag, as another republican senate candida
one, after taking shots on "the tonight show." mitt romney still riding that wave of momentum. >>> and campaign stop. photo bomb blowing up online. a stolen smooch, captured on camera. >>> and the call of the wild at work. an office intruder with a news crew there to record the crime. >>> good thursday morning, everyone. hurricane sandy has roared into cuba as a powerful category 3 storm, packing winds of up to 115 miles per hour. >> this is now a major story and a major storm. now, earlier, the very strong weather system brought heavy flooding to jamaica. residents reported seeing crocodiles caught in the rushing floodwaters. on top of that, one man was killed when a boulder fell on his home. and a woman in nearby haiti drowned. >> the effects being south florida, where swimmers are being warned about dangerous rip currents and high waves. tropical storm conditions could be in effect by this time tomorrow. >> forecasters are warning that sandy could merge with a powerful cold front here in the u.s. >> they are calling it an atmospheric bomb, which could explode just in time f
debates and we haven't heard an agenda from the president. >> governor romney's foreign policy has been wrong and reckless. last night he was all over the map. >> reporter: president obama went on the attack occasionally resulting to sarcasm. >> i'm glad you recognize the al qaeda is threat. a few months ago when asked what the biggest geopolitical threat, you said russia and they're asking for their 19 80's policies back oar mitt romney often agreed with the president but mentioned the economy anytime he got. >> in order to fulfill our role in the world we have to strengthen our economy at home. you can't have 23 million people struggling to get a job. >> reporter: very different from the debate last week in which libya was one of the most heated topics. take a look at who won the debate. this is a cnn/orc poll. if you're keeping track at him, that means in the most general terms most people thought mitt romney won the first round. president obama took the next two debates. the polls show the polls tight are than ever. >> now that the debates are over, what is the final campaign strate
on the consulate. the president and mitt romney within the face to face in die bait number two. expect more heated changes tonight. >> the president, the day after flying to las vegas for a political fund-raiser. >> reporter: iran and the threat of nuclear weapons. no president had been tougher on iran. romney had criticized president obama. >> will pre vent them from acquiring nuclear capability. >> reporter: with foreign policy on the forefront a timely attack ad from the obama campaign. >> a decade of war that cost us dearly. now for president a clear choice, president obama ended the iraq war. mitt romney would have left 30,000 troops there. >> reporter: really, that's the tip of the iceberg. we're expecting to hear quite a bit about china. another thing to keep a close eye on tonight because this is the last debate, you can expect both candidates will try to shift the focus back to domestic poll shy issues, things important to voters, like the economy. >> this race has really tightened up. take us through the numbers. what are we seeing as far as the polls are concerned? >> reporter: this is
. what happens when you take a hard core romney republican and make him watch the debate in a bar full of obama liberals? tonight, it is the great debate swap. >>> and, rod unplugged. that raspy voice, hits like "maggie may" made him one of the best-selling musicians of all time and he's setting the record straight about the women, the rumors and that famous head of hair. >>> good evening, i'm bill weir. what kind of person bullies a vulnerable child online? most parents with an internet connection realize how naive that question sound, in this age, and the relevant question is what kind of person ridicules a child's memory after she takes her own life? tonight a family doing just that, after a three years of hell that began with their 12-year-old a web cam and one bad decision. he >> reporter: this is 15-year-old amanda todd's desperate call for help. in this video of high school student details three years of torment, bullying and even she says, classmates beating her up. three weeks after posting the video on youtube, she committed suicide. since her death this video has viewed more
. while governor romney surges among voters like these. >>> attention shoppers. a new wave of thieves hiding stolen goods in a neck brace, a suitcase filled with stolen meat. a brazen diaper heist? making you pay more at the supermarket. >>> and, guess who? ♪ the patriarch of the addams family givings all halloween advice. our spooky "person of the week." ♪ the addams family >>> good evening. as we head into this weekend together, 66 million americans are bracing for impact. hurricane sandy, lumbering up the east coast and threatening to come ashore as an unprecedented superstorm. it means epic winds, snow, flooding rain from florida to the carolinas, maryland to maine. and the storm is so wide, it could cover two-thirds of the united states. the fierce winds at the center cover an area almost the size of texas. our extreme weather team is in the storm zone tonight and abc's weather editor sam champion starts us off right now from miami. sam? >> reporter: good evening, diane. tonight, sandy is running parallel to the florida coastline, but creating a stir in places really far nort
obama and mitt romney faced off at lynn university. the candidates were forced to answer tough questions on foreign policy. >> reporter: this debate lasted 90 minutes and covered a wide variety of topics related to foreign policy. mitt romney and president obama sat side by side and that format didn't stop them from attacking each other. >> attack me is not an agenda. >> the world needs a strong america and it is stronger than when i came in office. >> reporter: in the third and final debate the focus was foreign pole say opportunitymitt romney to go over the president's record. >> what has happened is as we watch the rising tide in the middle east of chaos occur, you see al-qaeda rushing in. >> reporter: in a chance for the president to hit romney on the foreign policy credentials. >> i know you haven't been in a position to actually execute foreign policy, but, every time you offered an opinion, you have been wrong. >> reporter: the 90 minute showdown featured heated exchanges like this over the attack on the outs cons will -- consulate in libya. >> we are seeing a pretty dramatic reve
. final faceoff. president obama and governor romney go head-to-head on foreign policy. a tough and tense debate. the president on offense. >> whether it's afghanistan, whether it's iraq, whether it's now iran, you've been all over the map. >> attacking me is not an agenda. attacking me is not talking about how we're going to deal with the challenges that exist in the middle east. >> and the line of the night that lit up online. >> well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military's changed. >> overnight polls say obama won. but will it determine this supertight race? >>> developing now. is a halloween hurricane headed for the east coast? tropical storm sandy, on track across jamaica to head north. will it become the perfect storm? >>> new warnings about caffeine-filled energy drinks. five deaths under investigation, including this 14-year-old. her parents say she died after drinking 2 large cans of monster energy in 24 hours. what the fda is doing now. >>> and times square is now "red" square. thousands lined up all night to hear the hottest pop st
romney today oar are mitt romney is focusing on swing states, ohio being one. he was at three events. so far plenty of shaking hands and criticism into the president. >> his campaign gets smaller and smaller, focused on smaller and smaller things. our campaign is about big things. america faces big challenges. we recognize this is a year with a big choice and americans want to see big changes and i'm going to bring it to this country. >> reporter: the latest poll shows president obama leads mitt romney 49% to 44%. that falls within the margin of error, so the state is up for grabs. >> what about the president. he's taking a different type of strategy. what was the approach today? >> reporter: he's in the middle of this whirlwind trip. this is a two-day trip. it was all about florida, virginia and ohio. the president did sound a bit hoarse from all these campaign events but he still went after romney and called out his economic vision. >> a plan to -- >> we're going to move on to another election store result an influential republican is giving his support to poafnlt former secretary of s
. governor romney with a three-point lead tonight. and 12 days to go before americans get to the polls. your voice, your vote. all roads are leads to one state, ohio. abc's david muir is there to tell us why. david? >> reporter: good evening, diane. as you know, ohio could be the key to the presidency.eds it to on, mitt romney needs it to make the map work. that's why both candidates are tailoring their message to the voters here. and tonight, there's the ground game. we take you inside it all. here in ohio, mitt romney receiving out where the stakes are highest. given the math, whoever wins the buckeye battle will most certainly win the white house. the president mentioning ohio 16 times in one stop to date. >> two weeks, ohio. here in ohio. people of ohio don't forget. >> reporter: and part of the president's playbook here, a tailored message for ohio. >> if mitt romney had been president when the auto industry was on the verge of collapse, we might not have an american auto industry today. the auto industry supports 1 in 8 ohio jobs. >> reporter: since june,he president has made 14 trips
and governor romney. they're here to join us too. >> they're getting along really well. >> tell you what happened on the third debate, right? >> yes, yes. not sure about that. love it. good job. >> yeah. >> i think everyone is going to come back out and join us. i think everyone is coming. >> is everyone coming? >> yea! [ applause ] >> beautiful. ♪ ♪ the monster mash ♪ >> princesses in the front. big princesses in the back. super heroes. nice. >> thank you! >> you guys did a great job. >> thank you, thank you, happy halloween, right. >> happy halloween. >> wonderful. she is our toy insider, laurie schect, thank you, laurie. we can get all the costumes on line? >> online. major pop-up stores these days in everyone's neighborhood. don't forget make great costumes at home. >> wonderful. >> i think our husband are going to be digging these costumes. >> i think so. i think so. >> we'll be right back. ♪ the monster mash ♪ maybe the mash ♪ ♪ >>> some baseball news now. first off, world series starts tonight. the detroit tigers take on the san francisco giants. >> go tigers. our ba
this for safety reasons. we'll be right back. >>> president obama and mitt romney set to go head to head tonight. >> expected to focus on foreign policy. >> reporter: the third and final presidential debate is highly anticipated and should be full of fire works and the last opportunity for mitt romney and president obama to address millions millions of undecided voters watching at home. it's happening at lynn university where they will face off on foreign policy. some topics are the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya, red line when it comes to eye rap, relations with china and troops overseas. both sides are trying to criticize the other on the issues. >> there is a big difference, i'm concerned about governor romney becoming commander in chief. country by country, see sort of the fraying at the edges of the obama policy. >> reporter: there is a lot on the line for both candidates following a month of up and down debate performances. for the president he will have to show up to play like last time. a poll shows 51% of debate watchers thought the president did a better job in the second debat
the final call today. sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >>> president obama and governor it mitt romney face off tonight. it's happening in boca raton florida. >> the outcome could turn out to one mistake any of these guys proven, they can say anything at any time. brandy hit has the details. >> reporter: it's the third and final showdown, in the debate at florida's lynn university, focusing on foreign policy. a topic that's drawn fireworks. president obama and mitt romney are expected to spar again over the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. iran will be a hot topic after the new york times reported the u.s. and iran agreed to one on one talks over the nuclear program. >> iran thinks they can go faster and harder. >> reporter: the white house denied a meeting is sets but added it's open to one on one talks. >> president obama has been preparing for the debate at camp david. mitt romney in florida. as we gave this advice during a football game between the press and staff. the president has a 5 point lead among registered voters. another poll shows the race is a dead heat, 47%. the candidates
: there is no shortage of heated exchanges between the president and mitt romney. and now the president is drawing fire from the romney campaign for a comment he made following an interview with rolling stone magazine. the editor passed along a message to the president. she said can you do it referring to his reelection bid. the president's response was this. you know kids have good instincts they look at the other guy and say that a bull something. the other guy he is talking about is romney. the pain put out a statement saying the president is rattled and on the defensive. he is running on empty and nothing left but attacks and insults. and it is unfortunate he has to close the campaign this way. and they tried to explain what the president meant. >> he was referring to a practice of sliding around and trying to change positions. >> reporter: the historian who interviewed him for the article said today that this shows in the election cycle the candidates don't seem to have a relationship of mutual respect. >>> another big story we'll update you on is the storm that we're looking at, that's sandy. we
. >> first, president obama and governor romney have battled to a draw. that's right. a new poll of likely voters shows the presidential race is an absolute dead heat. >> a nail biter. one mistake can make all the difference. candidates are preparing feverishly for tonight's final debate. abc's david kerley reports on the debate with just 15 days to go. >> reporter: taking a break from debate preparation, mitt romney flipped a coin for a football game between his staff and reporters who were still asking questions. >> would you be open to one-on-one talks with iran? >> reporter: no answer on the report that iranians are ready to talk directly to the u.s. about its nuclear program. one republican called it an iranian ploy. >> as to iran they have quadruple uranium to make a bomb before obama got in office. >> reporter: the white house denied a meeting is set, added it is open to one-on-one talks. a source warned the administration is cautious, because the iranians have used negotiations in the past as a stalling tactic. what is clear, this will be a debate point. >> we have iran, four years
and for anyone to a twist my words otherwise is absurbed and sick. the mitt romney campaign which released an ad supporting murdock distanced himself from the republican and the press secretary says governor romney disagrees with the comments and they don't reflect his views." megan. >>> 5:45. you teach your children about strangers and are hoping what you say stays with them for a lifetime. one little girl says that lesson save her life -- saved her life. she is 8 and was at the bus stop near her col degree home -- cal rough's -- colorado home when a car drove up. she remembered what she was to do and it took one word. >> i was standing at the bus stop and there was a black man told me to get in the car and i said no and then he drove away. >> she knew what to do so witnesses say that they have seen a car driving around that bus stop before and the school isn't letters to parents warning them about the suspicious -- sent letters to parents warningthem about the suspicious driver. >>> it's the best outcome for funeral. a man shocked his family when he walked into a funeral that was being held fo
. it was the last chance we had to see president obama and governor romney on the debate stage together. the topic last night foreign policy. and charley is at the live desk with a recap of the night. >> these two men were in close quarters sitting close to one another with the moderator bob she haver and president obama -- she haver and -- schieffer and president obama took the offensive while also criticizing governor romney for being "all over the map when his -- with his proposed policies" the two were much more reserved in the 90-minute debate. many analyst thought the terrorist attack on libya was the obvious first question but governor romney passed on the answer instead of hitting the president or the administration's response for the attack that killed four americans. men talked about a host of issues ranging from iran china and the u.s.'s ally israel but when it came to the topic of expanding or contracting the mill tarity president had this to -- military, the president had this to say noting it was about the changing times. >> we have fewer horse and bayonets because the nature of our
obama and mitt romney are going through battleground states for every vote. in this down-to-the-wire race, how is it that both guys are so confident? >>> extreme shoplifting. caught on tape. look at this. a suitcase filled with $1,000 in steaks. this guy hiding items in a neck brace. how the thieves are now working in teams and making everything more expensive for you. ♪ happy birthday to you >>> and best birthday ever. we'll tell you how a mall worker managed to convince 1980s rock legend billy idol to play at his birthday party. this man went through extraordinary lengths, launching a two-year campaign to meet his idol. and we were there overnight, exclusively, for the big payoff. >>> you learn something new every morning on this broadcast. i had no idea ron claiborne was a big billy idol fan. >> i am, indeed. and justin bieber fan. >> who knew? >> thanks, ron. >>> good morning, everybody. we want to get straight to the big story this morning. that superstorm. abc's meteorologist, ginger zee, is in florida, tracking what could be a once-in-a-century event. >> sandy ha
about what the president said about mitt romney. and the first lady making a stop on late night. >>> family horror. parents in a posh new york neighborhood facing the unthinkable. their children killed. police say the nanny did it. >>> and unfamiliar territory. giants with the edge as the world series now shifts to the motor city. >>> good friday morning, everyone. we the storm watch and a growing death toll from that powerful hurricane. >> at least 21 people have died. most of the victims were in cuba, including a 4-month-old baby, who was crushed when his house collapsed. >> right now, sandy is pounding the bahamas with heavy wind and rain. the east coast of florida is already feeling the effects, as ross palumbo of our miami station shows us. >> reporter: crashing waves, whipping wind and near-whiteout conditions. all of it washing over ft. lauderdale beach. flooding some tourists with fear. >> this is crazy. this is nuts. there's sand in the street right now. >> reporter: with severe surf conditions, not only at sea, but along the sidewalks. and along its edge, rescuers were
. president obama stopped campaigning today to meet with fema. mitt romney had to cancel rallies in the state of maryland a short time ago, calling off the first day of early voting tomorrow. and look at this tonight. it all comes as the latest abc news poll shows this is a dead heat, mitt romney, ahead of president obama by just one point, 49% to 48%. and with a race this tight, a big question tonight -- could the hurricane upend this final stretch? here's abc's senior political correspondent jon karl tonight. >> reporter: it's mother nature's october surprise. a storm so big and so destructive, it could throw the campaign's final week into chaos. >> the storm will throw a little bit of havoc into the race. >> reporter: for president obama, it meant canceling two upcoming events and visiting fema headquarters, vowing an immediate response to the storm. >> we're going to cut through red tape, we're not going to get bogged down with a lot of rules. we want to make sure we are anticipating and leaning forward. >> reporter: there are political stakes, too. a chance for the president to show deci
area. >>> president oand mitt romney are sprinting to the finish line in the race for the white house. what voters will see in the final days leading up to the election. plus... >> reporter: big bird and bayonets. look at the unexpected phrases that are now a part of the campaign season. >> well, everything is up to speed on interstate 70 at columbia pike. i will let you know how it's shaping up on 695 and 83 coming up on good morning maryland. >> you are looking live in downtown baltimore. beautiful way to start day. stay with us for much more coming up. >>> 4:42 and headlines around the nation. she was 8 months pregnant withplans to get married but investigators are trying to figure out who killed vindalee smith. they found a strange note that read i will kit one pregnant woman a month starting now until lee boyd malvo is set free and it was signed the apprentice with a smiley face. the 38-year-old was found dead in her new york apartment last saturday. her unborn son didn't survive. police questioned her fiancee but they haven't been identified yet as a suspect. >>> two brothers ar
the attack in benghazi an act of terror. >> get the transcript. >> reporter: president and mitt romney are expected to spar again over libya after "the new york times" reported that the u.s. and iran had agreed to one-on-one talks. >> now iran thinks they can go much harder than they think they can go. >> reporter: the white house added it is open to one-on-one talks. >> and now to a point that iran's economy is on its knees. >> reporter: president obama has been preparing for the debate at camp david. and mitt romney in florida where he gave this advice between the football game. >> figure out which of the players is best and take them out early. >> reporter: a new poll shows the president has a five-point lead among registered voters but a likely race shows the race is a dead heat at 47%. >> i have a question. >> do you want me to answer? >> reporter: and denied that instead of circling each other, the candidates will be sitting. brandi hitt, abc news, boca raton, florida. >> but who could have predicted how those first two debates would go but "gma" anchor and host of "this week" ge
voters go to the polls. >> we have seen some of the effect. both governor romney and president obama have canceled events in virginia. one big impact right now. also, it's going to effect their effort to get out the vote. didn't have much effect on early voting in florida yesterday. it could complicate it in virginia and ohio. two other key states that will impacted. then finally, is this storm as bad as it seems to be right now, it could block out the closing arguments of these candidates. in the last nine days. >> in some ways this is the real october surprise. i wonder, if you're the president how do you manage campaigning, because his job is truly on the line here with governing and imagine perhaps a large disaster. >> you show that you're in touch. the president was already talking to the federal emergency management agency. he's returning to the white house tomorrow afternoon, as i said, cancelling some events. the biggest problem for the president right now, if he makes any mishandling of this storm could affect the final days of this race. more than any other factor. >> in nonweat
from the men who came face-to-face with the gunman. >>> neck and neck, mitt romney and president obama tied for a race that's completely up for grabs right now. lost in intense preparations as we count down for the race. >>> call on tape. stunning coverage of this as police dash camera is rolling. shockingly, he is okay. the tape is going wildly viral with the name "super pedestrian." ♪ we're never ever ever getting back together ♪ ♪ >>> and taylor swift in times square this morning as we're set to go one-on-one with the hottest star on the planet. her unprecedented two-day appearance begins right now. >> well, good morning, america. this is going to be so good! ♪ >>> in times square, "red," abdom and times square is so packed. take a look. taylor swift in times square. they've been lined up all weekend long to see taylor swift. >> you can see why it's shooting to number one on itunes. look at all those fans. we're going one-on-one. >> one-on-one with taylor swift. good morning, america, as you know, robin is home. we're glad to have amy robach here. tonight in boca raton, flor
on the campaign trail. president obama calls mitt romney a name we can't repeat on television, as one of romney's top surrogates says race is influencing a key supporter. david muir has the latest from ohio. >> reporter: good morning from ohio, george. you're right, the president causing a stir with that word he used to describe mitt romney. overnight, a top romney surrogate injecting race when he was asked about a key endorsement for the president. overnight, air force one with a dramatic arrival in ohio, after 37 hours, 6,500 miles, 8 states. the battleground blitz coming to a halt, overlooking lake erie. >> i've come to ohio today to ask you for your vote. i need you to vote early. and i need your help to keep moving america forward. >> reporter: with the race so close, president obama tried to break the tie with appeals to women and younger voters. this morning, the president raising eyebrows in an interview with "rolling stone" magazine. he talked about raising the voting age. kids have good instincts, they say. they look at the other guy and say, well, that's a bull -- i can tell. a romne
for the white house. democrats linking mitt romney to this senate candidate who made controversial comments about abortion overnight. >>> and is an october surprise for each candidate about to be revealed this morning? >>> meet the home alone girl. the brave 10-year-old terrified and hiding in her kitchen. >> i'm at my house. my mom's at the grocery store. and somebody got into my house. >> her unbelievable 911 call. how she made a break for it and foiled the home invasion just in time. ♪ mommy's all right >>> and parents striking back. check out what this mom and dad did this time to get back at their daughter for behaving badly. posting their snapshot on her facebook page. has this gone too far? >>> we can do a lot better than that to embarrass our kids. >> oh, yeah. >> good morning, america. hello to robin at home. you know, she's recovering from her bone marrow transplant. great to have amy robach here. and a lot of eyes this morning on wall street. stocks took a big hit on tuesday. over the last three days, the market lost about $500 million in value. a little earnings hit. >>> an ab
to cleveland for a november 4th meeting with the browns. >>> president barack obama and governor mitt romney face off if the third and final debate. >> this is in boca raton, discussing foreign policy. brandy hit has a preview. >> reporter: the third and final showdown, the debate is focused on foreign policy, a topic that's drawn fireworks. >> it took the president 14 days before we called it an attack. >> reporter: expected to spar over the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. iran will be a hot topic after the new york times reported the u.s. and iran had agreed to one on one talks over the nuclear program. >> iran thinks they can go faster and harder than they used to think they can go. >> reporter: the white house denied a meeting is set but added it's open to one on one talks. president obama has been preparing for the debate at camp david. mitt romney in florida. he gave this advice during a football game. a new poll shows the president has a 5 point lead among voters. another poll shows the race is a dead heat at 47%. denied instead of circling each other, candidates will be sittin
. mitt romney said if elected he will repeal and replace it. >> i agree with governor romney. this takes $17 billion out of -- $716 million out of med care and injects more bureaucracy into the healthcare arena. it will not make for better care. we have to start all over. >> thank you so much for the time today. >> this interview and all other candidates, did to our website on and don't forget to vote. >> that is it for abc2 news at 6:00. >> we'll see you tonight right here at 11. >> have a good night. as a pastor, my support for question 6 is rooted in my belief that the government should treat everyone equally. i wouldn't want someone denying my rights based upon their religious views, so i shouldn't deny others based upon mine. it's about fairness. i support this law because it doesn't force any church to perform a same sex marriage if it's against their beliefs. and that's what this is about. protecting religious freedom and all marylanders equally under the law. join me in voting for question 6.
the answer. this is president obama's landmark piece of legislation and mitt romney said he will repeal it. what do you think? >> i don't support it. romney said he will repeal and replace. free market solutions will fix this. free market is where we need to g the problem is whenever government gets involved, it costs more and we usually have more problems come from government getting involved. >> while you are one person running for congress right now, what do you say about the stalemate that exists? sometimes it's just nastiness. >> you're one of 435 peoplen capitol hill, so first you have to find people on issues that you agree on. if there's issues you agree on, you work together but never compromise your principles. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. >> to see more of this interview and other cawndzs you -- candidates, you can go to our website >> where does this storm rank? >> as far as nor'easters or coastal runners, right at the top, if it ends up going where the models say. it's a matter of where, not if. here it; power house, childrenning off the florida c
governor mitt romney end up -- >> it sure does, however the woman who put the sign there for the candidate, she says this is nothing new. so now she wants the police to find the person who's responsible. >> and if you watch the nfl this weekend, get ready to see some changes when the refs start throwing the flags. why the zebras are keeping the yellow laundry in the back pocket. >>> well, unless you're trying to win the neighborhood popularity contest there's no steadfast rule to what it means for halloween treats. baseball cards, rocks, candy. anything's fair game. >> all right, so you have to think about the box when you pass out treats this halloween. plenty of alternatives if you don't want to give out candy. treat ideas that kids will find fun and parents will appreciate for their nutritional value. if you do pass out candy, be sure to stick to the fun size packages to keep these portion sizes under control. i know. what kid wants the hear that right -- to hear that right lynette? but halloween is coming up. they're going to wonder if they're going to have a put a parka over the littl
supporter of governor romney. trump announcement is expected to happen at noon on facebook and twitter. and not to be outdone gloria allred will be in a boston area courtroom to unseal the sworn testimony by mitt romney. it's going to radar online it's a custody matter involving tom stineburg and his divorce. rom mi gave testimony about his observation of his role as a father to his four sons. they feel the testimony speaks to romney's character. >>> 6 minutes after 5. the sign of humphrey bogart and lauren bacal will be in -- the son of humphrey bogart and lawyere bacal will be in baltimore. he lost his father to esophageal cancer. the pas will -- sa -- psa will encourage people to get diagnosed. >>> visitors to due leany memorial gardens -- dulaney memorial gardens can find speos in -- peace in a asian inspired space. the 7 acres of pathways with animals will be there for visitors and the design expert who created the garden says the feng shui was used just in cemeteries not in homes like it is used today. a dedication ceremony is happening today to officially open the gardens to the
. >> nothing governor romney said is true. >> attack me is not talking about how we will deal with the challenges that exist in the middle east. >> reporter: it focus on foreign policy and there was one topic both candidates agreed on. >> i congratulate him on take onosama bin laden and going after the leadership in al- qaeda. >> reporter: points ranged from syria to libya. >> we can't simply suggest that as governor romney at times has suggested that giving helpy weapons for example to the syrian opposition is a simple proposition that would lead us to be safer over the long-term. >> we should be playing the leadership role. >> reporter: and strength of the military. >> we are blessed with terrific soldiers and extraordinary technology and intelligence but the idea of a trillion dollars in cuts through sequestration and budget cuts to the military would change that. >> i think governor romney may be has not spent enough time looking at how the military works. >> reporter: each candidate got one final chance to make a pitch to voters watching the debate. >> i know what it take
the race as tight as ever. mitt romney staying strong after the debates. but is it enough to overcome president obama's advantage in the key states? >>> also on the show today, we have an emotional and revealing interview coming up with country star leann rimes, after treatment for stress and anxiety. >>> let's get straight to hurricane sandy, heading into the caribbean right now. it could be targeting the east coast next. sam has been tracking the latest on this killer storm. sam, a lot of people worried about this one. >> and with good reason. when you look at what we're about to show you, you'll see why we're concerned about this storm anyway. let's show you the deepening center of this storm, as it exploded in strength overnight. look at the dark center there, as it hopped off jamaica to cuba. that's the center of the storm. the water is 80s. it's going to stay the same strength, or weaken over the next few hours as it heads to the bahamas. as we look at what's ahead for the storm and the combination of storms headi ining towards it, reminds us a lot of a storm in recent history.
there are eight toss- up states. if president obama wins virginia, wisconsin and colorado and mitt romney ones the rest of the toss-up states, both would be tied with 269 electoral votes. the last time that happened and there wa
candidate focused on your wallet today. how mitt romney is using one of the president's phrases against him and what doctors say are the biggest dangers associated with halloween. >>> weather wise, tracking hurricane sandy. as she makes her way up the coast in to the carolinas, we will talk about where she is headed next, coming up, stay tuned. >>> now, maryland's most accurate forecast. >> i'm chief meteorologist, wyatt everhart, we are all over hurricane sandy as we track the movement up the coast. be sure to download the weather app to track sandy at all hours of the day. if you end up losing power, monday and tuesday, you will have the mobile app, available. let's look, at the overall situation, sandy is with a intense core, the radar returns on this are significant off the flida coast. a large system, we are watching where sandy heads from here and how much we will see strengthen in to the sunday, monday and tuesday time frame. winds 75 miles per hour, movement north at 6. over 700 miles, down the coast, from ocean city, speaking of ocean city, we will get those in a second. speaking o
. >>> meantime mitt romney will campaign today he will host a rally at a company. and they will head north to canton, ohio and speaks to a high school with his vp candidate. >>> five things you may want to know as you head out. early voting starts here tomorrow. officials are starting a initiative today. souls to the polls. how strong is your password. the most hacked has been released. really. wow. to avoid being hacked use a mix of letters. never use the same password for several sites. >> mix it up. >> don't make that your password. >>> and halloween can mean a trip to the doctor. washington costumes, reduce the dust and benefit if you give them things that are in the candy treats. stickers, pencils. those are great ideas. >> don't give me a pencil. >> and giving the family maybe without during the holiday. and a turkey drive is being held in the sunday. and they are selecting food items. >>> and states are preparing for the worst with sandy n virginia people are stocking up on food and water. others are making sure that to tie down furniture. bring it inside. secure the windows and doo
. the business tycoon is giving a few hints he is been a vocal supporter of governor romney. the announcement is expected on facebook and twitter. >>> visitors to the dulaney valley memorial gardens can find peace in new garden of tranquility designed in tradition of feng shui and there's 7 acres of path waves with everything and the dedication ceremony is happening today. >>> the -- he lost his father to disease and is hoping that he can save other lives. >> the son of humphrey bogart and lauren bac-al will be in baltimore. he is staying a service announcement for he is sop jeel cancer. he will let them know heart burn can lead to canser. >> cancer is -- diagnosis increased by 400% in the last 20 years and they are hoping the psa can get the numbers up. >>> you use it all the time. you take it everywhere you go. >> the bathroom really? no weigh way -- no way. gym the checkout line the smart phone is likely milt fully. >> obesity is problem -- filthy. >> obesity is problem and most dangerous for those around the stomach area. three may be a solution. what is it and is it safe. >>> someplace t
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